Tom Sykes says he has used the prolonged World Superbike summer break as an opportunity to prepare himself for the final three events of the season as he gears up for the runner-up battle.

A difficult weekend in Sepang before the annual hiatus saw Sykes slip behind Ducati's Chaz Davies in the right for second in the overall standings, the 2013 champion now 13 points adrift of his countryman.

Using the break as an opportunity to 'request a few personal touches' to help him get more comfortable on the Kawasaki ZX-10R, Sykes is confident of success at Jerez.

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"I am very much looking forward to getting back to riding. It has been an incredibly long lay off, a bit too long, but it has been great for my family life. Now I am very excited to go back to the track. I am also excited to carry on working on getting a better package.

"I have spoken to my crew chief Marcel a number of times and requested a few little personal touches, little things the would help me out. I am going to Jerez and looking forward to it. Then we have a test session on Monday after the race as well to continue our refinement of the Ninja package."

With team-mate Jonathan Rea on the cusp of winning the WSBK title in Spain this weekend, Sykes is bidding to do his bit to make it a maiden Kawasaki 1-2. Should Sykes go on to finish second overall, it will be the third time in four years he has achieved the runners-up spot.